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With more than $18 million already raised, Fontbonne University has officially announced the public phase of its $20 million comprehensive campaign called Now ... More Than Ever.
The university is appealing for continued support from alumni, staff, faculty, businesses - and the general public - to help the institution reach its campaign goal.
"Our university has experienced excellent support since the campaign began," said Dr. Dennis Golden, Fontbonne president. "We have been working very closely with key constituents and organizations to make a compelling case for joining our effort. People and businesses responded because they know the importance and the impact of Fontbonne's mission. Now we are broadening our appeal to a wider audience in order to reach our goal and help ensure that we can continue to offer excellent academic programs in a values-based, student-centered environment."
A major cornerstone of this campaign - the most ambitious in the school's history - is the planned renovation of the science building. The $14 million project is now under way and is expected to be completed by fall 2010. Some of the planned upgrades include a new biotechnology laboratory and biology classrooms, an advanced business conference room, new laboratories and classrooms for the human environmental sciences department, a glass-encased stairway tower, a new student lounge and a new greenhouse.
"We've seen amazing support from the corporate community - companies such as the former Anheuser-Busch, Emerson Electric and Monsanto - as well as individual donors," said Marilyn Sheperd, vice president for institutional advancement. "These gifts are a vote of confidence in what we are doing here at Fontbonne. It signals to alumni and other friends of the university that Fontbonne is worthy of their support and that our future is bright."
In fact, one of the key rallying points of the campaign is the important role Fontbonne plays in the community - nearly 85% of graduates live or work in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.
"Fontbonne is an excellent and important community asset because most of our graduates stay in the St. Louis area and that cannot be undervalued," said Daniel Ferry Jr., former chair of the Fontbonne Board of Trustees. "This university prepares the people who will thrive in our community, who will strengthen our region and who will always know - because of their education - the importance of giving back."